There are times when this film seems like a prolonged boisterous Punjabi music video. Or even a feature film-length Maruti commercial. But if you can manage to ignore the continuous bhangra beats thumping in the background, the implausibility of parts of the plot, and the moral unease at a father-in-law gifting a car to his son-in-law on his wedding day, Mere Dad Ki Maruti could also be a lot of fun.
Set around his sister’s wedding, MDKM is a simple tale about Sameer (Saqib Saleem), who steals the brand-new car his dad has bought to gift his sister and brother-in-law to impress college babe Jazleen (Rhea Chakravarty), and then loses it on the streets of Chandigarh. Then Sameer panics and tries to rustle up another car in time for his next date and sister’s bidaai. In between dates with Jazleen, Sameer and his friend Gattu (Prabal Punjabi) scour the town and get into dozens of scrapes to somehow source a car without his overly critical penny-pinching dad coming to learn of it.
It is a foolproof film and YashRaj has the formula down pat; the film has Punjabi wit, good-natured hamming, grammatically incorrect English teen lingo (I am love you, Useless burger, Obvo, Deffo and so on), and above all, a wedding in the backdrop. And as cheesy as they may sound, one can’t help but laugh at the one-liners. The Hip Hip Hurray sangeet song is simply fantastic.
Although the film doesn’t say anything remotely novel, the film’s actors Saqib, Prabal and Rhea, and its director Ashima Chibber make a remarkable debut, managing a high energy but pleasantly senti flick. But perhaps the music plays a big role in pushing that pace. All in all, a fun ride.